WEB EXCLUSIVE Where do consumers go
for trust?

Consumers are looking for information on environmentally friendly gardening and believe retailers are the source.

Big trouble for big-box stores
Is the era of the big-box retailer over? Small is back in style, experts say, as shoppers tire of traipsing miles of warehouse aisles. The Toronto Star reports.
Farmers’ markets have become big business, thanks in part to the buy local and eco-friendly movements. A February report by Farmers’ Market Canada (FMC) reveals that across North America, farmers’ markets play a key role in selling agricultural products and have a purchasing power of 28 million shopper-visits, with an average of $32 for every visit. That’s a lot of apples when you consider the small price tags of the products sold in a farmers’ market. Are you thinking of expanding your garden centre to offer more produce and farmers' market-style products?

Concrete artist
shows her stuff
at Home and Garden Show

This petite powerhouse can dig in her garden for hours at a stretch, drag around her own weight in rock or earth, and pack a powerful artistic punch to boot.

How consumers shop differently today
Consumers are thinking different in today's economy. They are debating: What do I really want, versus what do I really need?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Farmers' markets are big business
Farmers' Markets Canada (FMC) recently unveiled the results of the National Farmers' Market Impact Study 2009 Report. The study found that farmers' markets are growing in popularity as consumers seek a community shopping experience.

Customers who touch a product, buy it
If you hold it, you've probably bought it. Researchers have determined that we can develop an attachment to an item after touching it for as little as 30 seconds.

Confidence up slightly in post-budget environment
Although Canadians remain pessimistic, the latest results from TNS Canadian Facts’ Consumer Confidence Index shows that confidence improved in the wake of the federal stimulus budget.

Women plan to save more
in 2009

As the current economic situation continues to take its toll on everyone's pocketbook, Canadian women have more incentive this year to take charge of their financial future.

Retail sales fall 2.4 per cent in November
Retail sales fell 2.4 per cent in November to 34.9 billion dollars, the largest monthly decline since January 1998.

Shoppers torn on paying for bags

Else Pedersen likes making environmentally friendly choices. But when Loblaw Canada began charging customers 5 cents per plastic bag at its Toronto stores yesterday, Ms. Pedersen was perturbed. 
Jan. 8, 2009 - The world changed in October 2008, have you changed your business practices as well? If you plan to carry on doing things in the same way in 2009, you will be in for a shock.  Every business will need to adapt to the new economy we all find ourselves in.
Weathering the storm: Increasing sales in a tough economy
The world changed in October 2008, have you changed your business practices as well? If you plan to carry on doing things in the same way in 2009, you will be in for a shock.
The winter editions of Canada’s gardening magazines are already in consumers’ hands as they plan and plot what new and exciting varieties to plant in their gardens and look at ways they can keeping growing through the long, cold months ahead. 
As the effects of global warming seem to become increasingly unpredictable, “climate chaos” seems to be the latest name in fashion. Most of us now accept that the root cause is undoubtedly rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Slightly less robust is the debate over why those GHGs are increasing. Most, practically all, scientists agree that the number one cause is the burning of fossil fuels, consequent from Man’s activities. Some reputable workers still dispute there is a “scientifically irrefutable” link between global warming and our activities, and offer very plausible evidence to back up their theories. So, let’s stop here and simply blame rising levels of CO2, whether natural or man-made.

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